Our Life is About to be Turned Upside-Down (In a good way)!

Well, I have been searching Petfinder.com for an adult male corgi for a while now, and last week I found one that sounded perfect. Well, we went to my parent's house for the weekend and we were going to visit the shelter while we were there since it was closer to their house than to ours. Once we got to my parent's house, I was so excited to show my mom the picture on Petfinder, so I opened up the internet, but I was very upset to find that he had just been adopted that day.

I have been checking Petfinder ever since for another chance, and last night I found an adorable young black-headed tricolor Pembroke up for adoption. Since I was afraid he would be taken before we got a chance to see him, I e-mailed last night, and called first thing this morning and asked about him, He still hadn't been adopted, so I asked if there's any way he can be held until we see him on Monday (the first chance we will have to go). There was a $10 deposit and I gladly accepted the charge.

So now Petfinder says he's adopted again... but I called to make sure everything was ok, and found out they changed his status since he's on hold for us! If everything goes well with the visit, he'll be neutered and sent home with us the next day! This is all happening sooo fast. I'm too excited. Anyway, we'll have to buy all the supplies we'll need for the trip first, then buy everything else later on as we need it. Does anyone have any suggestions for some things I need to bring on the trip, or things I need to do to prepare my house for the new addition? He's 1 year old, so hopefully past the chewing stage, but we will still take precautions.

Here're some pictures!!!!

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Comment by Alyssa & Chris W. on November 17, 2009 at 12:53pm
What a sweet angel. I'm so happy for you!
Comment by Jane Christensen on November 12, 2009 at 11:16pm
Congratulations!I have to agree with the crate also and one that is big enough to last. Since he is a rescue and new to you and your home it would be nice to have so when you are gone you know he is safe and also I always crate mine in the car! You can pick up an old blanket at a second hand store and sometimes stanless steel bowls if you don't want to spend alot! Good luck! I can't wait to hear more about your new addition!
Comment by Abbea and Vivi on November 12, 2009 at 6:15pm
Thanks for the great advice Potus. :) I was wondering what type of car harness to get. Now I know to get the kind that clicks into the seatbelt so he won't get tangled. And I think I will definitely sit in the back seat with him. :):):):)
Comment by Potus on November 12, 2009 at 6:11pm
Definitely go with the car harness/seat belt- I have a great one where you can walk the dog whilst wearing the harness then just clip the harness into the seatbelt via a strap. Don't get the type of harness where you have to thread the seatbelt through a loop on the harness though- we started out with one of these and found Po got tangled up quite easily. We switched to a harness that has a strap which hooks on to the harness and then clicks into the seatbelt and he hasn't got tangled up since!

Other than the harness- for the car ride home just take a bowl and some water in case he gets thirsty, maybe a treat or two or a small toy, and perhaps one of you rides in the seat next to him so he gets used to you.
Congratulations and Good luck!!
Comment by Gail and Ashton on November 12, 2009 at 4:45pm
What a handsome fellow! Keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well and this guy finds his forever home with you! <3
Comment by Jeny (and Wrigley) on November 12, 2009 at 4:41pm
He's so cute! Rescued Corgis are the absolute best!
Comment by Abbea and Vivi on November 12, 2009 at 4:04pm
Thanks for the responses everyone!

For the ride home, we're going to drape a sheet in the back seat and strap him in with a car harness. I don't like the idea of using a crate in the car. What happens if there's an accident? The dog will fly into the wall of the crate. Also, it's a 4 and a half hour drive so I want him to be comfortable. I've heard riding in a crate/kennel can make a dog carsick. I really wouldn't want that. XD

But we're getting a crate for him to sleep in though definitely. He's still way too young to have the run of the house.

We can't think of the perfect name yet, but maybe when we meet him it will pop into our heads.

My husband is taking 2 days off so we can both spend a lot of time getting to know him. Although he's still going to be recovering from the neuter surgery.. :/
Comment by Deanna on November 12, 2009 at 3:53pm
Yes, I agree with the kennel, collar, leash, chews, a tennis ball would be good for at home -- but the kennel would serve a dual purpose, safe transport + place to sleep at home -- some kind of bed or padding for the bottom of the crate would be good too so he's not just on a hard surface -- congratulations! Have you picked out a name yet?
Comment by Bev Levy on November 12, 2009 at 3:48pm
Aww he is so cute! You need a collar and leash and something fun to chew on. What fun! I hope it works out really well.
Comment by Kristin, Honey, and Hooch on November 12, 2009 at 3:43pm
Congratulations--he's so beautiful! :D I'm really excited for you! Rescued corgis are the best corgis. <3 I have two rescues and they're just the most wonderful dogs.

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